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5 Books That’ll Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Intentions

We’re barely weeks into the New Year, and you know what that means! Those of us who partake in the tradition of setting yearly resolutions have already done so. In a study done by Finder, the most common subjects for Americans to create intentions around include the categories of health (46%), self-improvement (37%), money (34%), family (24%), love (16%), and career (16%). Some people may use external resources to keep their resolutions, while others take on a more do-it-yourself attitude. As long as it works for you, one isn’t necessarily better than the other. And depending on what our specific resolutions are, there are plenty of resources to help you stay motivated, accountable, and gain the knowledge you need to help make your goals a reality.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John Maxwell

John Maxwell’s decades long (50 years!) passion for personal development led him to share 15 tried-and-true principles for personal growth in this classic self-improvement book. For example, his chapter on “The Law of Awareness” teaches that you “must know yourself to grow yourself”. Not only does Maxwell offer tangible advice on how you can live more effectively, but his work is centered around personalized self-reflection. He ensures that we tailor his advice to fit both our lifestyle and personal values.

Maxwell’s book is packed with his expertise, but he breaks down his wisdom into easily digestible pieces, and will help you discover and unlock your true potential while developing the habits and skills necessary to reach whatever goals you’ve set for yourself!

Amazon, $10; shop now

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

A New York Times bestseller, Eckhart Tolle’s book lies at the intersection of spirituality and personal development. This classic read will give you a deeper understanding of who you are and the potential you hold in this world. Noted as being one of the best books for those who struggle with anxiety and depression, Tolle’s heartwarming words will help you get unstuck, remain motivated, and stay personally accountable. It’ll teach you how to fully show up both for yourself and as yourself in this world.

I highly recommend this piece for anyone who wants to break free from the limiting beliefs of their ego and live a more authentic, mindful life.

Amazon, $10; shop now

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

After spending years studying the science of habits, James Clear breaks down his findings into actionable items you can use to help make completing your resolutions easier and more appealing. Whether your intentions are centered around health, finances, relationships, or otherwise, Clear’s book will help you create daily routines that make accomplishing your goals come second nature.

This book is especially helpful for those who struggle with staying organized and need a little help structuring their lives to make achieving their goals less complicated.

Amazon, $12; shop now

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

Set over the course of a year, author Gretchen Rubin documents her experience dedicating 12 months to exploring and taking ownership over creating her own happiness. A lighthearted and inspirational read, Rubin’s book will help you remember what life is really about and why you set the goals you did. Although what brings happiness to Rubin is likely to differ from what brings joy to you, recognizing the uniqueness of our individual values will motivate you to stand up for yourself and appreciate the little things in life.

This book is less cumbersome than some of the others listed and is a great one to help you feel more comfortable owning the goals you’ve set for yourself — no matter how small or large they seem.

Amazon, $27; shop now

Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life by Agapi Stassinopolous

Agapi Stassinopolous’ book brings peace and spiritual insight. This book not only offers heartwarming advice, but has 33 guided meditations included. With one chapter for each week of the year, Stassinopolous’ words help you get to know yourself on a much deeper, more compassionate level. The wisdom infused will help give you the confidence and self-esteem you need to successfully complete your resolutions and guide you when you start to go astray.

I recommend the audio version, as it’s easy to follow. Start your morning with one of Stassinopolous’s meditations, and it’ll help you remain grounded and centered as you go about the rest of your day.

Amazon, $15; shop now

Related: 7 Self-Development Projects You Can – & Should – Start Right Now 

No matter how far you are into achieving the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of this year, there is still plenty of time (and more!) to accomplish everything you want to accomplish. Whatever your specific intentions are, these books will help guide you into more compassionate, wholehearted living. Personal growth is a never-ending journey, and I can’t wait to see you grow into being the best version of yourself possible.

For extra accountability, share your dreams with me over Instagram or my website.

emily green is a music lover, health & wellness advocate & people person. some of her passions include: values-based living, sex positivity, self-expression & identity formation. she believes everyone is an artist & that a little bit of social media can be a very good thing. you can catch her hiking, dancing, writing, with friends & taking pictures of random things on her phone.
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